How to practice to get better in the New Year.
The most common issue I’ve ever heard in regards to learning or practicing guitar or any other instrument is time. Nobody has enough time to learn or get better at guitar. And I get that entirely. As a full time musician who gigs, teaches and creates educational content all day every day, I don’t have extra hours per day to practice my scales either.
Good thing it doesn’t take that long to practice.
The issue is that people act like they’re going to pick up their instrument and master whatever it is they’re working on in a day. Now most people don’t think they’ll master anything in one sitting, but we feel the need to conceptualize music practice as this long routine that demands enough time to master it or not at all.
We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day. To run your scales up and down 5 times might take you a total of 2 minutes. Will you master playing them in 2 minutes? Of course not, but that’s how long it’ll take just to do them. But forget about scales for a minute. What about learning a new chord? Well same thing. But songs are harder. Or are they? It all takes about the same amount of time. I try to never spend more than 5 minutes practicing any sort of exercise.
We all know we need to do these exercises. If you can set aside just 5 minutes a day to run scales, exercises, or whatever it is you tend to put off, and do that consistently every day; you would be amazed at how much progress and improvement you will show.
If you need to work on scales and chords, that’s just 10 minutes of practice. That leaves you plenty of time to play music which is what we all want to do to begin with. The practice isn’t always fun, but it’s necessary for us to play.
With that in mind, setting aside the little time it takes to practice coupled with being consistent will make you better at guitar in 2020.
Watch our video below on goal oriented practice: